No. 3 UNC Outguns No. 6 Loyola: Recap, Photos

CHAPEL HILL – Third-seeded North Carolina got four goals and an assist from Laura Zimmerman and three goals and an assist from Corey Donohoe to defeat sixth-seeded Loyola 16-13 on Saturday afternoon in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal game at Fetzer Field. Six different UNC players scored at least two goals in a balanced scoring attack.

Photos of the Game

The Tar Heels (15-5) advance and will play the winner of Saturday night's game between second-seeded Northwestern and seventh-seeded Albany in the NCAA semifinals next Friday evening in Stony Brook, N.Y. Carolina is making its third consecutive appearance in the semis after reaching the national title game in 2009 and the semifinals in 2010. The Tar Heels lost to Northwestern in each of those final four appearances.

On the day, Carolina also got two goals and an assist from Kara Cannizzaro and Becky Lynch, two goals from Emily Garrity and Brittney Coppa and a goal and two assists from Abbey Friend. The Tar Heels' 16 goals were the most given up by the Greyhounds this season.

For Loyola (17-3), All-America and national player of the year finalist Grace Gavin led the way with five goals and two assists. Meg Decker scored three goals, Marlee Paton scored twice and Abby Rehfuss had a goal and an assist. Taryn VanThof and Cara Filippelli added goals for the Greyhounds.

Trailing 6-5 with 10:30 left in the first half, the Tar Heels closed the half on a 5-1 scoring run to take a 10-7 lead into halftime. Five different Carolina players scored during the rally, and Zimmerman scored on a free position shot as the half expired for Carolina's 10th goal.

“I thought Zimm's goal at the end of the first half was really big for us in terms of momentum going intohalftime,” UNC head coach Jenny Levy said after the game. “Loyola is a very good team and I credit our team for keeping its poise after we trailed early on.”

The Tar Heels kept the momentum going coming out of the lockerroom with back-to-back goals in the first 3:18 of the second half to take a 12-7 lead. After Gavin and VanThof scored two in a row for the Greyhounds to make it 12-9, Zimmerman scored a pair of goals in a 13-second span to push the lead back up to 14-9 with 21:12 to play.

Loyola would not go away, however, responding with goals from Gavin and Decker in less than 30 seconds that made it 14-11 Carolina. After a 12-minute scoreless stretch for both teams, Donohoe and Friend tallied unassisted goals for the Tar Heels to up the lead to five again at 16-11 with 7:14 to play.

The Greyhounds made it interesting in the final minutes by scoring twice more and mounting a frantic attempt to get closer than three goals, but UNC goalkeeper Lauren Maksym made several key saves down the stretch and finished with 10 saves.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A 7-1 University of North Carolina run was too much for the Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team to overcome, and the No. 3 seed Tar Heels defeated the No. 6 seed Greyhounds, 16-13, on Saturday afternoon in NCAA Quarterfinals action at Fetzer Field.

Loyola (17-3) wrapped up a record-breaking season in which the Greyhounds tied the school record for wins with 17, and several season and career records fell. North Carolina (15-5) advances to the NCAA Semifinals where it will play the winner of Northwestern and Albany on Friday in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Loyola took a 7-6 lead with 10 minutes, 30 seconds to play in the first half on a Marlee Paton goal, but Corey Donohue scored with 6:48 on the clock, tying the game and sparking a rally that would put the Tar Heels on top for good.

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